It’s Blue Dog the Angel! 
We have posted on Blue Dog several times in the past.  Click here for previous Blue Dog posts. 
Oh boy.  This was one of those projects that did not evolve so easily.  I wanted to do a Blue Dog project with 6th grade, but I wanted a break from painting on paper.  I thought about it, but the creative block had my ideas contained.  As I usually do, I went to my art teacher friend, Laura Harrison, and discussed my dilemma.  We tossed ideas back and forth and this is how Blue Dog Angel came to be!  Thank, Laura!
Great project for middle school.  The kids really enjoyed the challenge. 
I showed the George Rodrigue video found HERE!
I gave the kids a handout with the pictures you see below with a step by step process for painting Blue Dog.
On the handout, I stated the following:
-Each dog must be at least 16 inches tall.
-Each face must be 8 inches wide.
-Each dog must have at least 2 accessories.
-Each dog must stand independently.
The kids got to work.
They drew.
They painted.
They cut.
They glued accessories with a hot glue gun.
They glued supports on the back of the dog.
Here is a detailed look at the process.
Kristen’s cracked me up.  Bahahahahahahaha.
I have really been loving listening to The Lumineers.  Great easy songs with some good, meaningful lyrics.  Like they say, “Let the Sun Shine in Your Hair” and don’t have a BLUE DAY!
Ken Pease, that is!  Of course, we all want peace in our classrooms, but this post is about Ken Pease, an artist from Tallahassee.  We have posted on Ken Pease several times.  Click HERE for previous Ken Pease Posts.
For this Ken Pease art lesson, I showed this audio book that I found on Ken Pease TropicalZombies Art on Facebook.  Slappy Green Gets the Blues Audio Book.  Although the lesson was for 6th Grade, they got a kick out of the book.  

I told my kids that my sister had worked with Ken Pease at her school.  Also, I showed my kids a piece of art that Ken Pease had done for me as a gift from my sis, 1969.
I teach 6th grade daily for a 9 week grading period.  The Ken Pease project was their first project of the quarter.  The kids did a great job and really enjoyed the subject.
Here is a Ken Pease “Jimi Hendrix” artwork.
I like Jimi.
Here’s Jimi.
“Bold As Love” is an amazing song.  Wow.  Listen on Vimeo.  No videos  on YouTube to share. 

According to a search I found, “It’s the estate, Experience Hendrix, which controls the rights to all his music. They scour the web constantly and have all Hendrix content that they can find removed.”

Click here to hear Jimi sing “Bold As Love”